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March 19, 2008

Banchory Primary 2/3 children were the stars of The Press & Journal in yesterday’s paper.

Under the headings ‘Pupils’ Bags Sell Out Within An Hour’ and ‘Town on a Mission to Become First in North-East to be Free of Plastic Carriers’, the P&J reported how popular the school’s project to encourage the use of reusable bags is in the town. Ruth MacDonald, their teacher and the school’s eco-co-ordinator, said

“Because it came from the children, it’s had a huge impact on people. It’s not just an adult handing out a bag.”

And, when they visited STV’s North Tonight studios and were interviewed, they showed that they had a very good understanding of the effect plastic carrier bags are having on wildlife and the environment.

Yesterday afternoon, another team member and I had been busy conducting a small survey of parents at The Hill of Banchory Primary School as to their views regarding plastic shopping bags. Again, we were met with overwhelming support and, although 25% said that they did not presently own reusable carrier bags, all said that they would be using them in the future.

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